Release Date: Mar 22, 2019
Record label: Ninja Tune
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Club/Dance, Left-Field House
A joyous and unique blend of Canadian producer Jayda G's academic passions and stone-cold dance bangers, this is a record filled with heart and wisdom Jayda G's debut album, 'Significant Changes', is going to save lives. It might not be yours, mine, or perhaps even Jayda's own - but those of the wondrous array of creatures and specimens we share this planet with. On the spacious, string-laden 'Missy Knows Whats Up', there's a controlled spoken sample from Misty MacDuffee, a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, who recently won a court case against the Canadian government for its policies against killer whales.
Globetrotting DJ and producer Jayda G has emerged as a major figure in the underground house scene since she began playing international gigs and releasing tracks during the mid-2010s. Known for her boundless charisma and love of vintage disco and funk, Jayda released several dreamy, unpretentious house 12"s on labels like Freakout Cult (which she co-ran with DJ Fett Burger) and 1080p before signing with Ninja Tune for the release of her first album. Significant Changes is a culmination of her life passions as well as everything that's made her music stand out thus far.
Jayda Guy's academic work and musical output have a common goal: Both are designed to make people to think about how they interact with their environments. The Canadian musician presented her master's thesis about the effects of certain chemicals on an endangered West Coast orca species last year, and she recently started a talk series featuring young scientists. As Jayda G, she's been responsible for some of the most rapturous disco house to come out of the "Canadian Riviera" scene, and she has captivated crowds worldwide with her uninhibited DJ style.
"Why are these whales threatened, and what are we going to do about it?" You might not expect a conservationist's plea in the middle of a disco album, but here we are. The loping, piano-driven "Missy Knows What's Up" includes dialogue by the biologist Misty MacDuffee relating to a landmark Canadian court case, which last year held the government responsible for harming the habitat of Southern Resident orcas. It's a subject close to Jayda Guy's heart.
Rating: NNNN It's kind of funny that one of the best songs on Jayda G's new album is a dancey song about reminding people to dance. "I see you with your phone! Looking at Instagram!" she shouts over a noodly bass line and brisk beat on Stanley's Get Down (No Parking On The DF). "This is the dance floor, baby!" Significant Changes is a record for the moment about being in the moment.
B erlin is famous for its vast nightclubbing landscape, with destination venues existing alongside an endless supply of spots for house-music enthusiasts, just off the beaten track. Yet it also harbours a reputation for having drained the genre of all colour, sometime during the course of a transatlantic cultural dialogue that would reshape the scene. It's lucky for the city, then, that it now counts Jayda G as a resident: the Canadian-raised dance music producer and DJ moved to Berlin in 2016 with a contagious affinity for convivial disco, funk and house in tow.